Before I Fall
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|Format: ||Paperback, 368 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 22 July 2010|
They say 'live every day as if it's your last' - but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't. The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all. But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you'd want to change...?
About the Author
Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her achingly beautiful first novel, BEFORE I FALL. She followed that up with DELIRIUM and then PANDEMONIUM - the first two books in her compellingly addictive trilogy. The eagerly anticipated final book in the Delirium trilogy, REQUIEM, will publish in Spring 2013. She is also the author of two novels for young readers, LIESL & PO and THE SPINDLERS, delightful, scary and magical novels that are certain to become modern classics of children's writing. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find more information at www.laurenoliverbooks.com, or connect with Lauren on Twitter (www.twitter.com/OliverBooks) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LoveDelirium).
As compelling as The Lovely Bones and as memorable as Jenny Downham's Before I Die, this will become a word-of-mouth phenomenon.
Beautiful, popular Samantha and her three best friends are the ruthless queen bees of their high school. But Samantha is living a nightmare: throughout the book, she relives the day of her death seven times, with some dramatic alterations and revelations depending on her choices-ditching school to spend time with her younger sister or, on a day when life's rules have all but lost their meaning, seducing a teacher. She faces the often tragic consequences of even the smallest acts, awakens to the casual cruelties all around her, and tries to get things right and maybe even redeem herself. If this sounds too much like a Groundhog Day-style plot, make no mistake: evocative of Jenny Downham's Before I Die, Oliver's debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful ("It amazes me how easy it is for things to change," Samantha thinks. "how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new"). Samantha's best friends are funny, likable, and maddening, but readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Hugely moving and gorgeously written ... an extremely clever and well-written novel that is ultimately uplifting. Heat A very sophisticated novel ... Oliver handles her characters with an impressive lightness of touch and writes evocatively about youth ... a clever, funny, insightful and utterly addictive novel Daily Mail 'Beautifully written, compelling and poignant, a truly memorable read' ***** Closer A book to fall in love with Bella Heartbreakingly good ... Up there with Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, it'll make you want to hold close the ones you love and never let them go. Impossible to forget. News of the World A thought-provoking and compelling story that is brave and insightful for a new author Sun This book will take your breath away She A beautifully written and outrageously weepy tale. Daily Mirror Moving and thought-provoking Woman Tender, funny and raw Marie Claire A pitch-perfect Groundhog Day/Lovely Bones hybrid guardian.co.uk Gossip Girl meets Groundhog Day Grazia Poignant ... This tale of second chances will have you clinging on to your Kleenex Now This is very special ... It's full of 'what ifs' and raw emotion Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller Take the concept of Groundhog Day, add stunning prose and layers of emotional development, and the result is a book to fall in love with over and over again Daily Record Beautifully written Daily Record BEFORE I FALL is amazing, fantastic, a groundbreaking debut. www.wondrousreads.com 'BEFORE I FALL is beautifully written; brave, sincere and very addictive. It captures the essence of high-school brilliantly, and will have you laughing, crying and philosophising. I wholeheartedly recommend BEFORE I FALL. The best book I've read in the last year.' www.novelicious.com A startling piece of writing that is utterly believable and beautifully told... If you only read one book this year, it should be this one. www.thebookbag.co.uk Brilliantly written, gritty, deep and compassionate. I couldn't give it a higher recommendation! Guardian
In the blink of an eye, popular high school student Samantha Kingston loses her life. What should have been a fantastic day turns out to be the beginning of a horrific afterlife experience. In the wake of a fiery car crash, Sam wakes up on Friday, February 12-again and again and again, as she relives that fatal day seven times. Sarah Drew narrates Lauren Oliver's powerful debut novel (HarperCollins, 2010), brilliantly bringing Sam to life and capturing her transformation from a mean and reckless teen into a thoughtful, caring young woman. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
19.7 x 13.7 x 2.4 centimetres (0.22 kg)|
10-14 years |